The wave of summer writing camps has cleared, and we have a moment to breathe. Before we update you on the thrilling, visionary, prolific, whirlwind that was our Youth Summer Writing Workshops, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate a merry opportunity that found us and some sensational news we received early in the summer.
First, two or our regular RAWK writers, Owen Quayle and Adeline Turner, were winners of the Kalamazoo Friends of Poetry's "Poems That Are Our Ears" contest! Their poems were chosen from thousands of submissions, and we had the pleasure of watching (and hearing!) them read at the Kalamazoo Public Library in June. We're publishing their poems below for your delectation.
AMAZINGARACHNID by Owen Quayle
Creepy, crawly on a web
far above the Earth god Geb.
Sucking juices from a victim
those fangs were made just to sic 'em.
But underneath that bloody veil,
there is another softer trail.
Using a touch of fine, soft silk
there comes a web, not meant to wilt.
Using skill that's quite divine
it weaves a web of see through twine.
And in a world so vicious and cruel
it proves to be a handy tool.
Spring Is Here by Adeline Turner
We've been in cold darkness for
so long, the sunburns the naked eye.
We've known our snow pants for
so long, shorts feel unique in a world of jeans.
Waves of snow no longer come rushing down
like cold, soft, drippy tissues onto our rosy red cheeks.
You hear the first
You feel the hot sun come down on
You like a warm, steamy shower.
You can think
Spring is here,
Spring is here.
Around the same time, our dear Friends of RAWK at the People's Food Co-op / Kalamazoo Farmers' Market invited us to write and record our very first radio commercial! We toured the market, saw the sights, smelled the smells, devoured the samples, and we even had a visit from the Fresh Food Fairy, who's turning the market into a caboodle of veggie friends. At the end of the visit, we put our experiences into words, stuffed ourselves into a recording studio, and recorded a collaborative radio spot! (You can hear the spot below the photo of RAWKers clowning in the radio booth.) The PFC enjoyed it so much they've asked us to create a youtube spot for the 100-Mile Market. RAWK and PFC: a perfect partnership creating mass media stars! Many thanks to Chris Broadbent! Stay tuned!
And, as the season wanes, we hope you'll come inside for just a few more hours, as we have only two more exciting summer events:
RAWK Reads! Join us and our essential partners at Bookbug for a reading of works from our Youth Summer Writing Workshops. We'll have books and merchandise for sale, and you can meet this summers inspired and inspiring crop of young authors. Bookbug, August 23, 5 – 7 pm.
The Life of the Thing: Investigate and report back on the lifespan of our stuff. Where does it come from? Where does it go? Visit a landfill, make a collaborative sculpture, and write about it all. The Reality Factory, August 26 – 28, 1 – 5 pm, grades 5 – 9.